STORY: Genryu’s Shino, an assassin who decided to retire and lead a normal life has one small problem; the Yakuza see his actions as an act of betrayal and now wants him dead. The Yakuza Boss places a 100 million dollar bounty on his head and his mysterious dragon blade. Now Genryu’s must once again kill but not for money, survival. Once an Assassin, Always an Assassin.

NOTE: This is my first animated short; Originally released in October 2000, updated to HD in 2008

FUN FACTS:

  • Genryu’s Blade went viral before YouTube was created. Over 40 million views online. Genryu’s Blade was also aired on Showtime as well.
  • In 2000, Before Adobe bought Macromedia Flash, Macromedia asked and licensed the Genyru’s Blade source flash files for R&D to help make flash more animator friendly.
  • The Original was created using a desktop computer with a 400 MHz Pentium 2 Processor with 256 megs of ram. Due to those constraints, the run-time had to be reduced from 10 minutes to 6 minutes.
  • Most of the animation was created by tracing my scanned pencil drawings with a mouse. (Wacom tablets was really expensive back then)
  • From start to finish it took about 6 months to create this animated short.
  • Over the years, I have received hundred of emails from animators working in big studios that I’ve inspired. (That’s pretty cool. love you guys.)

So where’s the sequel?
Well it is over 10 years old – Maybe I should do like Hollywood and create a reboot then a sequel. Who knows? 😛